Origin of piaster
Examples from the Web for piastre
The rum of commerce (from 22 to 23 degrees) is sold at one Spanish piastre the gallon.Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I|Karl Ritter von Scherzer
It was possible to hire a furnished room for forty piastres per month, the value of a piastre being about four and twopence.
He is a bright, capable mozo, who would walk twenty miles on his hands to gain a piastre.
Then the Englishman stood up, gave me a piastre, and offered his arm to Carmen, as if she couldn't have walked alone.Carmen|Prosper Merimee
The 1⁄40 of a piastre is popularly called a para and the native population generally reckon in paras.